Rarely has vengeance been so exquisite. Edmonde Dantes is a French sailor who innocently agrees to deliver a letter for the exiled Napolean and swiftly finds himself under arrest. Without benefit of trial or being allowed to take leave of his family or fiancée, Dantes is condemned for life in the notorious island prison known as Chateau d'If. Thinking him dead, his fiancée marries the man who had secretly betrayed him, and Dantes lives without hope in solitary confinement for 14 years, dreaming of revenge. An unexpected twist of fate gives him the opportunity to enact his plan. This 2002 movie starring Jim Caviezel and Guy Pierce offers a condensed but close adaptation of Alexandre Dumas's famous novel with excellent cinematography and costumes. The late Richard Harris plays the role of the long-time prisoner who is key to Dantes' change in fortune.
The library has selected the movie to coincide with the recently published non-fiction The Black Count by Tom Reiss. The book, which has been praised as "one of the best biographies of 2012," chronicles the life of Dumas' father, a Haitian-born slave who rose to the rank of general in the French army before being railroaded into a sentence of life imprisonment in solitary confinement by his enemies. The movie will screen Tuesday, January 8, at 6:30 p.m.